Research shows that Information Technology will continue to affect education because it adjusts to learning styles and is in demand, despite cost and student disabilities.
Jennifer Cromley provides considerations of using computers in education. It discusses the areas where computers are and are not useful in education. It also provides useful advice. The article contains many references with supporting and opposing viewpoints. The author is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology. The article was published in Focus on Basics magazine. It is a quarterly magazine for practitioners created by The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL).NCSALL is a research and development center and is funded by various government and educational institutions. It supports the idea that computers can be used by disabled students and enhances learning. It is also used for an opposing viewpoint in the introduction (Cromley, 2000).
Farr, G. (2009). Mad magazine to Facebook: what have we learned?. Teacher Librarian, 36(5), 30-32.
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The Shannon Learning Center in Texas supports the use of technology in the classroom. It quotes a principle, contains examples from his past and a link to a video to support his points. The video effectively demonstrates a demand from students to be allowed the use of cell phones in school. The students probably have an ulterior motive, but the article provides a possible solution. Gregg Farr is a high school principle in Texas at Shannon Learning Center. The journal article was published in Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals. It has been publishing the journal for 30 years. It is used to support the conclusion that Information Technology will continue to affect education due to a demand from students (Farr, 2009).
Gulchak, D. (2008). Using a mobile handheld computer to teach a student with an emotional and behavioral disorder to self-monitor attention. Education & Treatment of Children, 31(4), 567-581.
Daniel Gulchak discusses studies that show how computers can assist disabled students education by providing behavioral feedback. He specifically describes a study conducted on a individual that utilizes a handheld computer with the purpose of testing its effectiveness on a student with an attention disorder. The computer is used to help the student improve his own behavior during a task. The study concluded that behavior improved by 34%. Academics improved as a result because it improved his ability to be taught. The author reveals that more studies need to be done and that the study does not provide evidence that the computer was more effective than traditional methods. Daniel Gulchak has his own website, a Doctoral degree, and works at the Institute for Human Development. Education & Treatment of Children is a journal published by the West Virginia University Press. The journal article is used to show that computers can be adapted for disabilities (Gulchak, 2008).
Hargadon, S. (2010, March 1). Educational networking: The role of Web 2.0 in education [available full-text, free]. Multimedia & Internet@Schools. Retrieved March 8, 2010, from http://www.mmischools.com/Articles/Editorial/Features/Educational-Networking-The-Role-of-Web-2.0-in-Education-5bAvailable-Full-Text2c-Free5d-61342.aspx
This article describes how social networking has enhanced educational networking and assists professional development. It discusses how social networking can make the learning experience more efficient, convenient, and enjoyable. It is a good source for educators to use for considerations when implementing educational networking. Steve Haragon has his own website and is a Social Learning Consultant that has founded a social learning network known as Classroom 2.0. The article was published in Multimedia & Internet@Schools magazine. The magazine is a guide to electronic tools for teachers. I found this source trying to find the publisher of one of the original sources. I exchanged sources because the original source's publisher no longer existed; it is newer and better than the original. It is used in alliance with another source to show how Information Technology and adjusts to learning styles. It provides an example of how educational networking can be cost efficient (Hargadon, 2010).
Hinchliff, G. (2008). Toddling toward technology: Computer use by very young children. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 6(3), 47-49.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) discusses many studies that show computers are beneficial to young children. It mentions more studies that need to be done and identifies some of the problems and makes suggestions for the use of computers for young children's education. Gaye Henchliff is a librarian who created this journal article for the Research and Development Committee at ALSC. ALSC concentrates on making libraries better for children. The article is used to show that computers can be utilized to improve education among young and disabled children because it enhances their learning experience (Hinchliff, 2008).
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O'Lawrence, H. (2006). The influences of distance learning on adult learners. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 81(5), 47-49.
Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers discusses factors concerning adults in distance learning programs. It is useful to use as a resource for determining whether to enroll in online course reveals some of the problems associated with distance learning. Henry O'Lawrence works in the Occupational Studies Department at California State University. The journal published by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). ACTE was founded in 1926 and is a primary association for the improvement of education. It is used to show a need for information technology in education for distance learning and provides some opposing points (O'Lawrence, 2006).
Pelham, B., Crabtree, S., & Nyiri, Z. (2009). Technology and education. Harvard International Review, 31(2), 74-76.
The Harvard International Review discusses the controversy surrounding whether computers are cost and educationally efficient. It shows that some poor countries have higher scores due to computers. It gives an example of students in Nigeria that did an analysis utilizing energy efficient computers provided by the One Laptop Per Child program initiated by President Clinton. Three authors worked on this to be published in the Harvard International Review, which is a highly respected forum for educational debate. It is used to show that Information Technology is cost efficient and in demand by the government in education. It provides evidence that computers will continue to affect education (Pelham, Crabtree & Nyiri, 2009).
Thilmany, J. (2008). A font for you. Mechanical Engineering, 130(9), 18.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) reveals a new way of operating computers that is being developed at the University of Washington in Seattle. It describes the way many things are adjustable to our needs, and it makes a contrast to the way computers have typically been static. The new system is described to be used for people with disabilities, but it is a good example to show how computers can change for the benefit of each individual. The author is currently one of the Associate Editors of Mechanical Engineering Magazine, the magazine of ASME. The article is from the same magazine. ASME is the leading professional community to help engineers solve problems by the use of communication. It also develops codes and standards to promote the growth of knowledge and safety. The article is used to demonstrate how the adaptability of computers can prevent a disability from being a factor for operating a computer. It is also used to in conjunction with another source to demonstrate how computers can adapt to assist learning styles (Thilmany, 2008).
Thilmany, J. (2009). Computing. Mechanical Engineering, 131(7), 14-16.
Jean Thilmany covers the application of some of the latest technological ideas resulting from the use of computers. The topics covered are: potentially improving the design of a dust mask, a better understanding of the behavioral effect of video games on students, the need for more programmers for the United States to stay up to date in computer simulations, a new form of network that makes it faster to process large amounts of data, new software utilized to align a camera to determine the expansion of the universe. It can be noticed that computers are being applied to many different fields, but it doesn't point that out in the article. The magazine and author is the same as the previous reference. It occasionally quotes researchers, professors, engineers, and a program director from institutions and refers to major organizations of governments which also make the article even more useful. The study of the behavioral effect of video games on students is used to support the suggestion made from the previous reference by using it as an example of an adaptation to video games that resulted in a learned behavior pattern in both studies, this shows that video games as a learning style was assisted by an adjustment to the game. Part of the article is used to show a demand by the United States government for Information Technology in education (Thilmany, 2009)
Tsung-Yen, C., & Wei-Fan, C. (2009). Effect of computer-based video games on children: An experimental study. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 12(2), 1-10.
The authors describe an experimental study among third graders at Tainan City, Taiwan. It began with a null research hypothesis stating that video games do not improve teaching any more than a typical Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI). It statistically concluded that video games improve learning but didn't improve judgment. It is suggested that the game used was too difficult to teach judgment skills. This study is good to show how computers can improve learning when applied properly. Both of the authors have Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. The Journal of Educational technology & Society is a quarterly academic journal. The source is used to prove how computers can be adjusted to improve learning styles (Tsung-Yen & Wei-Fan, 2009).